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Oil prices increase for a second week

Oil prices increase for a second week

Tampa, FL -- Oil prices increased for the second week in a row, keeping a barrel of oil above $80 after the Group-20 (G-20) and European leaders began discussion to draft a plan to resolve the European debt crisis, according to a AAA Club South release. The new plan's completion date is set for the last week of October, with a review by the G-20 scheduled for the first of November. 

The market reacted to talks of the plan and received additional upward momentum from a Commerce Department report that showed U.S. retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month. 

Crude oil settled Friday at $86.80 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—$3.22 more than the week prior.

More and more opt to take the bus

More and more opt to take the bus

Hillsborough County, FL -- September numbers are in and those who opted to take the bus last month was up nearly 7 percent from the same month last year.

Also, HART numbers for the Fiscal Year 2011 show that bus ridership up by 1.4 million trips, or 11.7 percent compared to last year, and the total 13,699,686 riders was an all-time high for HART.

Other HART highlights for the Fiscal Year include:

Electric vehicle charging stations coming to downtown

Electric vehicle charging stations coming to downtown

Tampa, Florida -- Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by community leaders to unveil the latest Parking Division initiative - electric vehicle charging stations on Oct. 12.

As part of Coulomb Technologies' expansion of its $37 million ChargePoint America program into six new U.S. cities, the City of Tampa applied for and received 10 electric vehicle charging stations at no cost to the City.

In exchange for the receipt and installation of the charging stations, the City of Tampa will be participating in a Department of Energy grant monitoring program through December 2013.

Tampa activates red-light cameras

Tampa activates red-light cameras

Tampa, FL -- On Oct. 1, the City of Tampa activated its 23 intersection safety cameras as part of its Stop on Red Tampa safety program.

Drivers will now receive a warning notice without a fine issued to the vehicle's registered owner if caught making a red-light violation.  Starting Nov. 1, vehicles caught making a red-light violation will be issued a $158 citation.

"These cameras are proven to help alter driver behavior and save lives," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a release. "Ultimately, Stop on Red Tampa will enhance road safety for our residents and make drivers think before proceeding through a red light and endangering lives."

Expect gas prices to fall further

Expect gas prices to fall further

Tampa, FL -- AAA Club South reports that oil prices remain relatively unchanged this week as economic news remains bleak in the U.S. and abroad. 

Prices fell further after reports showed China’s manufacturing index dropped for a third month in a row, while European retail sales declined last month and U.S. consumer spending continues to slow. Fuel demand continues to falter as weak economies cause consumers to cut back on spending and travel.

Crude oil settled Friday at $79.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—65 cents less than the week prior, according to AAA.

Tampa gas prices continue to fall

Tampa gas prices continue to fall

Tampa, FL -- For the first time since Aug. 9, crude oil settled below $80 a barrel as fuel demand slows and economic concerns persist, according to a AAA Club South release.

AAA reports crude oil settled Friday at $79.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, $8.11 less than last week.

Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa fell 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38 a gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that fell 7.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 a gallon, according to gasoline price website TampaGasPrices.com.

Meeting on impact of Platt Street Bridge closure

Meeting on impact of Platt Street Bridge closure

Tampa, FL -- The Platt Street Bridge in downtown Tampa is scheduled to close Oct. 3 and County Commissioner Sandra Murman and County Staff are planning a Community Information Open House Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, to discuss the upcoming closure of the Platt Street Bridge.

The Open House will start at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Freedman Tennis Court Center, 59 Columbia Drive, Davis Islands.

At the Open House, citizens will be able to hear a briefing and visit information stations to find alternate commuting options and to provide comment.